Nikki Haley Challenges Trump in Her Bid for the White House

( – On Tuesday, Feb 14th, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley announced her run for president via Twitter. She is now officially the first candidate to oppose former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2024, although most likely not the last.

The announcement did not come as a surprise yet it signaled a change of tune for the former South Carolina governor, who initially said she would not run against Trump, her former boss who appointed her as UN Ambassador, a position she served from January 2017 to December 2018.

Although Haley, who boasts of never having lost an election, doesn’t actually mention Trump by name in her announcement, she references “the Washington establishment” as having failed the American people “over and over and over again.” Haley, who is 51 years old, also calls for “a new generation of leadership,” a subtle jab at both Trump (76) and Biden (80).

A few other contenders are expected to challenge Trump for the 2024 Republican nomination, most notably Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis has not announced his campaign, yet Trump seems to already see him as a threat and has taken multiple shots at him over the last few months. Former Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to run against his former boss, as well as former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Taylor Budowich, a Trump spokesman, called Haley “another career politician,” pointing out how she started off as a “Never Trumper” before eventually serving in Trump’s administration as UN Ambassador, a position she “resigned early to go rake in money on corporate boards,” according to Budowich.

Haley was South Carolina’s first female governor when she won in 2010, as well as the state’s first minority governor as the daughter of Indian immigrants. She was also the youngest, stepping into office at 38 years old. If she wins the White House in 2024, she will become the first female President of the United States.

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